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In Reply to: BBQ Advice posted by adambq on July 19, 2011 at 07:20:58:
Are you looking to start Grilling food, or Smoking Food?
If I was to buy a Weber Kettle for Grilling, of the tw you listed, I'd buy the second one. Be aware though that Weber Kettles do not have adjustable height fire grates or cooking grates. The only way you can control heat is by adjusting the vents on the bottom. This may take you awhile to get used to. An ideal grille will allow you to adjust grate heights and airflow. If you're wanting to learn to Smoke your meats, a Weber Kettle is not a good starting point. You should look for a moderately priced smoker. Weber's Smokey Mountain is a pretty good smoker and is in the middle of the price range. Too cheap and the smoker is a pain to operate consistently, too expensive... well, since you're just starting out, getting a big expensive pit is probably not a good idea until you become more comfortable with smoking stuff. Hope this helps a bit in your decision making! :o)
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